Written by: George Pacheco on January 6th, 2015
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1981
Director: Larry Revene
Writer: Rick Marx
Cast: Veronica Hart, Tish Ambrose, Ron Jeremy, Jamie Gillis, Sharon Mitchell
DVD Release Date: November 11th, 2014
Approximate Running Time: 82 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Distribpix
Region Encoding: Region Free NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
It’s a shame that this disc didn’t cross my desk sooner, for this exquisite Distribpix release would’ve otherwise surely made my “best of 2014” list of home video essentials. Then again, I should probably expect as much from a company such as Distribpix, who consistently put so much care and quality into their DVD and Blu-Ray releases, serving as definitive home video representations from the world of classic adult cinema.
Wanda Whips Wall Street is yet another home run from this New York based company, a DVD which fires on all cylinders in terms of content, AV quality and extra features for this early 80s New York classic. The film itself follows a young financial analyst who is determined to take over the Wall Street bigwigs by any means necessary, including blackmail and sexual intrigue.
Lead actress Veronica Hart is a vision as the titular character of “Wanda,” leaping from the screen with the sort of impossible beauty and smoldering sexuality which one sees so rarely in a lifetime, owning this film from first shot to last in a performance which truly stands as career defining. Hart is ably assisted, however, by a veritable who’s who of classic Golden Age performers, including Jamie Gillis, Ron Jeremy and Sharon Mitchell.
Attention should also be placed to supporting actress Tish Ambrose, who brings to her performance both a bright likability and an almost comedic level of sexual insatiability. Ambrose supports Hart perfectly in this film, and their rapport is genuinely fun to watch, bolstered by the excellent cinematography, great locations and killer library music score, much of which is taken from a British series called The Hanged Man and its composer Alan Tew.
There really aren’t enough good things to be said about Wanda Whips Wall Street. It’s the sort of adult film for which the modern film archivist is thankful to own on such a definitive home video package, as well as a genuinely well constructed picture on a technical level. Distribpix has made good on getting such films as Barbara Broadcast and The Opening of Misty Beethoven attention from film critics and scholars across genre lines, and it must be said that Wanda Whips Wall Street is the latest film to be inducted into that prestigious club of company.
The level of quality Distribpix has brought to their prior home video releases is mirrored here with Wanda Whips Wall Street, with only a minimal level of print damage marring what is otherwise a bright and colorful print. The sound is equally on par with the company’s best releases, while the extra features include a full length audio commentary from director Larry Revene and star Veronica Hart, while interviews with the couple are also included with tons of film ephemera and stills, to boot, leaving this DVD release as something with which 10kBullets readers should immediately make themselves intimately acquainted.